Abeyta, Sgt. Christopher Paul age 23, loving son of Paul and Barbara (nee Smith), only grandson of Elvira Abeyta and Jim Vezina, beloved nephew of Tom (Chris) Smith, Tracy (Dave) Lohmar, Robert M. (Maureen) Smith, T.J. (Molly) Smith, Margo (Rene) Canales, Peilo Garcia, Victor Garcia, Tony Garcia, Lonny Abeyta, Fred Garcia, Roy Garcia and Sandy (Junior) Scardini, dear cousin of Kristy Barber, Emma Canales, Erica Canales, Ariel Abeyta, Steven Smith, Carrie Smith, Michael Smith, Bill Paul, Samantha Paul, Mathew Smith, Patrick Smith and Freddy Garcia. Sgt. U.S. Army, fought in Iraq, died while serving his country in Afghanistan. Honorary Pall Bearers: Jon Mireles, Steven Smith, Michael Smith, Bill Paul, Nick Mireles and Dave Demro. Christopher's grandfather, the late Robert F. Smith, served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and his uncle, Robert M. Smith, served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the children of SPC Norman Cains c/o the American Legion Post #691, 14817 S. Pulaski, Midlothian, IL 60445. SPC Norman Cains was a hero who lost his life along side of Christopher, leaving behind a wife and two children. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 28, 2009 beginning with prayers at 9:15 a.m. at the Hickey Memorial Chapel, 4201 W. 147th St., Midlothian, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Christopher Church. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Visitation Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 708-385-4478.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Mar. 22, 2009